2005 Toy Drive Once Again Helping Needy
Sometimes the best things begin
with a phone call.
That’s how the Somerville Housing Authority began
its annual Toy Drive, and that phone call was made by Dennis
Cataldo, owner of Cataldo Ambulance Service, four years ago.
“ Mr. Cataldo just called and said he wanted
to help,” said Gay Cataldo (no relation), executive director
of the housing authority. “They were kind enough to donate
an ambulance and had a big sign to help people know about it.”
The toy drive, which was held in early December at the Kmart in
the Assembly Square Mall in Somerville, was even more crucial this
year, said Cataldo of the housing authority, because of the substantial
increase in home heating fuel oil and food.
“The list keeps getting larger,” she said, noting that many of
the more than 100 families served by this drive often must decide between keeping
their home warm and purchasing a toy for their children. “ They
wouldn’t have such a good Christmas without the outpouring of support
from the community. That support makes you feel wonderful.”
The ambulance stationed at the Kmart entrance once again was staffed
by Cataldo employees such as Medical Technician Jack Paster. During
the two days of the drive, he and other staff helped receive the
new and unwrapped toys from area residents and filled the ambulance
several times. The toys were to be distributed to children up to
6 years of age.Employees of Cataldo Ambulance and Kmart also donated
toys for the children. For the ambulance company, it’s just
one way of giving something back to the community.“Cataldo
Ambulance has come through in spades,” noted Gay Cataldo. “It’s
been absolutely wonderful.”
Cataldo Employees Honored
for Hurricane Rita Work
On November 17th, Cataldo Ambulance Service honored 12 employees
who unselfishly gave time away from their families to provide
medical help to victims in areas devastated by Hurricane Rita.
Cataldo Ambulance Service committed to sending two teams of 3
people per team to Texas to give EMS aid to those who were affected
by the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Rita.
The first team had less than 2 hours to prepare and mobilize
two ambulances and six employees to start their travel to Texas.
The first team arrived on the night of Hurricane Rita’s
The second team was deployed 2 weeks after the initial team arrived. This gave
an opportunity for the first team to fly home and resume their regular duties
and lives while still continuing our EMS commitment to the residents of Texas.
Both Teams were instrumental in working with the Texas EMS system in keeping
their 911 system running. Additional attention was also given to assisting with
keeping the clinics/hospitals open and operational. Words alone can not describe
our pride in our employees and the gratitude we have for their time and dedication
CATALDO AMBULANCE SERVICE PROVIDES DAY LONG
FIRST AID / CPR / AED TRAINING TO “24” EVERETT SCHOOL
TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS
March 24, 2005 – Cataldo Ambulance Service, one of the largest private
ambulance services in the Commonwealth, is providing a complimentary day-long
CPR and First Aid training session to “24” Everett school teachers
and administrations on Friday, March 25, 2005. This will include extensive training
on the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
Winter Hill Bank purchased and donated 2 Automatic External Defibrillators for
the Everett School Department where they will be placed strategically within
the school system. The importance of an immediate response to a sudden cardiac
arrest is crucial to increasing the chances of a patient surviving.
In addition to performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the use of the
AED is becoming widespread throughout the country. Businesses, restaurants, schools,
malls and airports throughout the country are purchasing and placing AED’s
in public areas so that in the event of a cardiac arrest, the layperson can deliver
a shock to the patient. It is this shock delivered by the AED that in addition
to CPR will have the potential of restoring a patient’s heartbeat.
AED’s are very simple to use and the internal voice will talk the person
through its use. When a person is in cardiac arrest, minutes count and after
6 minutes of the absence of a heartbeat, brain damage will start to occur. The
early intervention of the AED’s will provide immediate treatment until
local paramedics arrive on scene to provide more in-depth care.
For those interested in more information about CPR/FIRST AID and AED training,
please contact Cataldo Ambulance Service at 617-625-0126.